The Keppel Islands and Yeppoon
Yeppoon (Yipin) means 'where the waters meet' in Darumbal Indigenous language. It is a pretty seaside town and the gateway to Great Keppel Island, once a party resort, now a more laid back snorkelling destination.
The Darumbal people that comprise at least six clan groups, are thought to have inhabited the Keppel Islands for 5000 years. The ocean was a source of food and ceremonial practices.
Many archaeological sites have found remnants of fire stones, suggestions of a trade economy and evidence of Indigenous peoples' ability to travel by sea between the mainland and islands.
As with many places in Queensland and across Australia, our historical documentation has condensed scant snippets of thousands of years of Indigenous life, beside brief, yet weightily recorded European occupation.
This in part is due to the writings of few prolific colonists and the advent of photographic documentation. Predominantly though, our blinkered history comes from the active fragmentation of Indigenous groups and the reattribution of their homelands for agriculture, mineral extraction and tourism.